Gravity Races

Saint ABOM Downhill (Saturday)

When: Saturday 10th March, stage starts from 9:00am
Start / finish: Individual starts at Spurs Restaurant at the top of the Northside Express chairlift. Finish at the base of the Northside Express
Race format: The course will be open for practice throughout the morning. Then we’ll conduct a timed seeding run and then a final timed run. The fastest descent in the final run wins
Hydration / nutrition locations: Refuel at the Spurs Restaurant selling food and drinks all day. You can also park your cars out there, set up your pit tents and make the place your own so it's a pumping place to hang out during racing.
Terrain and riding style: ABOM is the original Buller DH track and includes a variety of terrain varying from fast open sections to rocky switchbacks and drop offs to a height of 0.5m. This is an intermediate level DH track that can be ridden cleanly by both elite riders racing to win AND novice / intermediate level DH riders looking to build up more experience and get involved.
Preferred bike: Downhill bike or all mountain dually (150mm - 200mm).
Field limit: 250 riders total
Gravity God Race?: Yes, to contest the Gravity God Premier category you must compete in this race.
Requirements: All riders must wear a full face helmet. Please see our equipment requirements and recommendations here.
Lift Pass included?: Yes, the entry fee includes a one day lift pass on the Northside Express chairlift  (you may also ride other trails with this pass).

RACE RESULTS CLICK HERE

 

This is a ‘proper’ downhill race down a proper DH track. The ABOM descent is a classic track on the DH scene and has seen plenty of great racing over the years – and this event will add to that heritage.

 

We will be running the race in a traditional World Cup style with practice in the morning, followed by a seeding run and then a final run with the fastest down the track on the final run claiming the win. The chairlift will be operating and your entry fee includes your lift pass (for the day) so you don’t need to worry about shuttle buses and trailers.

The course:
The ABOM descent is one of Buller’s classics and has been raced for years and years… it’s an intermediate level, 2.2km descent that includes fast, open straights with sweeping corners, berms and numerous switchbacks. It’s also got a few rock gardens, drop offs and jumps to keep you on your toes. The upper section is more technical than the lower half where it straightens out a bit and builds up some solid speed. The descent finishes at the Northside Express chairlift and riders catch the chairlift back up after each descent.

The course will not be fully taped top to bottom so competitors must ride the ABOM track from top to bottom, sticking to the obvious race line and not cut any corners or ride ‘cross-country’ to short-cut the track.

Schedule (proposed, may be tweaked before race day):
8:00am – 9:00pm Course open for walking inspection – no riding.
9:00am – 11:15am Open practice on the course – all categories, setting off at your own time.
11:15am - 12:00pm Practice for Elite and Expert category riders only
1:00pm – 2:30pm (approx) Seeding Run

  • start order will be advised at the start line at 1:00pm.
  • the course will be closed to all other riders during the seeding run.
  • single rider starts at 60 second intervals
  • we will start riders according to their category with faster categories starting later

3:15pm (approx) Race runs commence.

  • start order will be advised after the conclusion of all seeding runs at approximately 3:00pm.
  • single rider starts at 30 second intervals

 

Helmet Cam footage of the ABOM track

Here is some great helmet cam footage from a top to bottom race down ABOM as part of the 2016 GT Bike Buller Festival by Chris.

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